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Important: New policy changes for the Workforce Training Fund Hiring Incentive Training Grant effective August 15, 2014.

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For teenagers and young adults, getting a job today is more difficult than ever. But the youth employment crisis doesn't just affect the young people who cannot find work. If we don't build a pipeline of workers now, employers will struggle to find skilled workers in the future. Commonwealth Corporation President & CEO Nancy Snyder explores the youth employment problem and how workforce development, education, and employer partnerships can boost teen employment prospects.

The latest round of Workforce Training Fund grants will enable 72 companies across the state to provide customized training for 5,196 employees and create 568 new jobs over the next three years. In addition, $2 million will support a new pilot program to expand regional training capacity to meet the needs of small businesses.

  • Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

In Summer 2014 the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and other support services to succeed in the workforce and to connect employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in today’s economy.
WIOA encourages greater collaboration among employers, high schools and community colleges, and workforce organizations to ensure education and training activities are aligned with regional labor market needs.
Commonwealth Corporation is committed to advancing the entire field of workforce development through the sharing of best practices. Two of our Workforce Development in Practice guidebooks focus on building partnerships to address regional labor market needs and engaging employers in youth employment programming.  
Learn more about Partnerships: A Workforce Development Practitioner’s Guide and Strategic Employer Engagement: Building Dynamic Relationships with Employers in Teen & Young Adult Employment Programs.
  • New Health Care Workforce Brief

Our new Health Care Workforce Brief summarizes the Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Planning Grant projects. The Planning Grants supported organizations to begin assessing how to prepare healthcare workers for the careers of the 21st Century economy. 
The four-page brief summarizes the key findings and trends discovered through our Planning Grant grantees. Download the Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Planning Grants Brief. 

RECENTLY ADDED RESOURCES

 

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Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Planning Grants Brief

This brief is part of Commonwealth Corporation's effort to support health care provider, community college, workforce investment board, career center, and community-based organization staff and policymakers in understanding the impact of Massachusetts' health care cost containment and quality improvement law (Chapter 224) on the health care industry's demand for skilled workers.

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Annual Report FY13

The Annual Report for FY13 gives a "Year in Review" from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, highlighting key workforce development initiatives, research projects, and our public and private partnerships.

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Partnerships: A Workforce Development Practitioner's Guide

Through our work as funders and evaluators, we have observed what characterizes partnerships in workforce development and what contributes to their effectiveness. This Guidebook contains the following elements designed to use useful for workforce practitioners: key questions and action steps at the end of each chapter, examples from partnerships, tools and templates that may be readily used by practitioners, and case studies.

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Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook

The purpose of this updated edition of the Massachusetts Healthcare Chartbook is to inform workforce development professionals, educators, employers, and jobseekers about the status and recent history of Healthcare careers and the Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector in the Commonwealth.